Last week my best friend in the world treated me to 4 day of fun and an escape from reality. She took me to New York City, the Big Apple.. the city that never sleeps. Some place I have always dreamed of going, but believing I would never get to. Last Monday we loaded the truck and headed off to have our adventure. Our first stop along the way was in Philadelphia! As her and I are true foodies, we had to decide for ourselves which had the better cheese steak sandwich, Pats or Geno’s.
Geno’s won hand’s down! The bread was buttery and soft, the cheese gooey, the meat was tender. Oh we enjoyed every single bite of them. I even have a “grease” stain on my pants from where it drained through the paper towels! Now that’s how you know it’s good!
After she navigated through those extremely tiny car filled claustrophobic one way streets we were back on the highway heading north… singing “In west Philadelphia born and raised.. on the playground is where I spent most of my days”… C’mon now, y’all sing it with me. You know the words.
After several hours we made it to our hotel in New Jersey and I have to say… omg what a dump. We couldn’t help but laugh! The beds were hard as the ground, the carpet was obviously the same carpet they put in when they built the hotel and it has NEVER been cleaned. The outlet in the bathroom didn’t work which meant no hair dryer because that was bolted to the wall in the bathroom. The toilet had those stains down the sides that you could tell were not hard water stains. Yeah, it was bad, but that’s okay because we didn’t plan on being in the room much. We got there later in the afternoon so we figured we’d save Manhattan for Tuesday and instead decided to head to Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken New Jersey.
If you ever get the chance to go to one of his shops… go! The Lobster Claw is to die for! We got Lobster Claws, Cookies, an Eclair (there were 3 of us), a Macaroon… And we gobbled every bit up! Yeah, we are greedy. We spent the evening in the room, enjoying our goodies and chatting.. the excitement growing for NYC the next day. I was finally going to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and who knew what else.
Tuesday morning found us up and on the way to Liberty State Park where we caught the Ferry to Ellis Island then over to the Statue of Liberty.
Words cannot do justice the emotions that come over you seeing lady liberty in all her glory in person.
Yup, that’s me with the New York Skyline behind me ( I have no clue who the rugrat is, he photo bombed my pic). There was the Statue of Liberty. I’d seen her a million times in movies and photos but never in person. She is stunning! Walking through the inside, seeing the different things inside, how she stands.. just amazing. We didn’t have the crown pass so we only got to go to the platform. After touring around we hopped on to the New York Ferry and headed over to NYC. It was so cold, and so windy but that wasn’t going to stop us. After a few minutes we were in New York. I couldn’t believe it. Me, standing in New York’s Financial District. After a few moments of walking we saw the Raging Bull. I wanted to get my picture with it but there was a very long line and frankly, it was cold and we didn’t want to wait. We made our way up to the 9/11 Memorial. You can feel the pain, the fear. The tears fall no matter how hard you try to hold them in. You find yourself hurting for thousands you never even knew. Knowing so many are reposed behind a wall because they could not be identified is truly heartbreaking.
After seeing the memorial then the Museum we realized we needed to head towards the ferry to make our way back to the car, problem was it was now 7:30 and the water taxi’s stopped at 5:15. Oh the fun we had trying to figure out the subway system to get us to the metro to take us to the Path Train so we could get on the light rail. Then when we FINALLY make it to the train platform in Jersey… but our car is about 2 miles away! AND WE ARE OFF.. 3 women in the dark trying to find our way to the park to get to the car before the park closes. LOL. My best friend has an oxygen tank but that did not stop her from almost out right running to make it on time! Somehow she managed to get to the car in time and we headed back to the hotel. By this time all we had to eat was Subway.. yes, we make it all the way to NY and we eat Subway.
The next morning we all get up and head back into the city! This time parking at the train platform so we had until 11:59 pm to make our way back. Plenty of time! We decide to go uptown this day, check out the Museum section of the city. Our first stop was the Guggenheim. If that is your idea of “art” then I can honestly say I don’t understand you at all. This museum was less then interesting to say.
After our pretty much run through of this waste of our time museum we decided to head up to the Met. Now this is a Museum. It’s absolutely stunning! I wanted to spend days in it. I could spend days in it. I want to go back and see every single piece of art in there. I stood in awe of some of the most amazing art pieces in the world. Before we made it to the Met we stopped by Central Park to take a quick picture. You can’t go to NYC and not at least see Central Park, right? We didn’t go through it because there just wasn’t enough time to do it all. Before we crossed over to the park my bestie made me try a New York Hot Dog…..
Now to understand this you must understand that I a) do not like Hot Dogs and b) am disgusted at the thought of hotdogs sitting around in nasty water all day long.. but when in Rome.. so here we are.. me holding it getting ready to try it.. and me trying very hard to not gag and throw it up… lol. She made me eat that bite! So gross.. she however enjoyed the rest of it.
She loved it! 🙂
Off to Central Park…
Now the Met! There’s no slowing down in NYC.. even for someone using a cane and someone with an oxygen tank. Okay, so we walked slowly… but that doesn’t slow the city down. This is so beautiful…
After the met we hopped on a bus and headed up to the Empire State Building. WOW.. what a beautiful building. When we got to the top one side was nice.. the other two were so cold! The wind was blowing so hard you could almost be blown over.
After this we hopped on a subway and headed to Time Square. This was everything I’ve ever imagined. The lights, the smells, the sounds.. the PIZZA.. the people.. It’s everything TV has made it out to be. Famous Ray’s Pizza.. yeah.. I’m going back there one day!
Believe it or not… we ended up doing a mad dash to find the right train to make it back in time again..lol. Making it back at 11:56 pm! Three minutes to spare! We laughed so much our stomachs hurt! I had a true NY experience. The only thing I didn’t see, was a NY rat.. you always see them on TV. We didn’t see one! We got in a pee soaked elevator, twice. We had Pizza and Hot Dog, saw the sights… but nope.. no rats.
Thursday had us exhausted and hardly able to walk! Our feet hurt, our backs hurt.. everything hurt! Sleeping on those hard mattresses didn’t help at all. We decided to just take our time going home instead of going back into the city then trying to find our way back home. Of course we had to stop back by Carlo’s Bakery, ya know get some goodies for the road and some cupcakes for the kids. We laughed and enjoyed our slow ride home..
TWINS!!! She is my sister.. my best friend.. my soul mate (in friends).. I thank God for her every day… She’ll never know just how thankful I am for her.. for her friendship and her love… she’s my anchor when my waters are rough.. my sunshine when it rains…and my blanket when I’m cold. I love her and.. I LOVE NEW YORK!!! I can’t wait to get back!